Monday, December 21, 2015

Monday Must Reads: Richmond Man Who Planned to Bomb Muslims Arrested; Castro Valley Corrections Official on Paid Leave for Hate Crime Against Muslims

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 10:03 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Police arrested a Richmond man over the weekend for allegedly making bombs with the intent of targeting Muslims, KPIX reports. A bomb squad removed a suspected explosive device from the home of 55-year-old William Celli and detonated it. Celli wrote on his Facebook page that he would follow Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump “to the end of the world.”

2. A state corrections official who was charged with committing a hate crime against a group of Muslim Americans at a Castro Valley park earlier this month has been placed on paid administrative leave, the Chron reports. Denise Slader threw coffee in the face of one Muslim American at Lake Chabot Regional Park and hurled bigoted epithets, including “Allah is Satan.”

click to enlarge Greg Suhr.
  • Greg Suhr.
3. A group of San Francisco police officers who sent virulently racist and homophobic texts cannot be disciplined by the department because San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr waited too long bring charges against them, the Chron reports, citing a judge's tentative ruling. Suhr’s department learned of the texts in December 2012, but did nothing until earlier this year, and thus blew the one-year statute of limitations deadline for disciplining the offending cops.


4. A once historic deal to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Northern California in order to provide more water for salmon has unraveled due to opposition from hardline Republicans in Congress, the SacBee$ reports. GOP Congressional members refused to fund the removal of the dams. And the issue is now expected to end up in the courts.

5. And the National Weather Service is predicting rain throughout this week in the Bay Area and much-needed snow in the Sierra, the Chron reports.    

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